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upset again
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any thoughts on Home Access test information?
      #111192 - 09/02/04 12:20 PM

I've posted about 2 times or so....just to recap...Im in the window period...after a hopefully low risk encounter...unprotected oral...protected anal....lots of alcohol...anyway...I tested negative at doctors on 1 week....negative home access at 4 weeks....and am currently waiting my 6 weeks test...now heres my question......I got to thinking about the accuracy of the Home Access within my first 4 weeks....There is a great deal of discussion regarding 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th...generation Elisa. I just called Home Access to see what they use. The customer service dept told me that ALL Home Access Hiv tests use 1st Generation, and that the only difference between the 1st and 4th ...is that the 4th may pick up the infection up to 5 days earlier.....now that being the case....I guess im not really as confidant in my 4 week negative...i was doing real real well lately....thinking that everything was going to be ok...but now...not so sure....

If I were producing atibodys at 26 days....wouldn't it at least showed up as an indeterminate...or soemthing...surely...It would have come back something more than a flat negative.....

I will know my six weeks results in 3 more days..........yall.....I'm so damn scared.....all I can do is cry....now Im starting to get sick to my stomach again...headaches....i feel that nausea coming back....how am I going to get through this....I have nobody to talk to...I cant talk to my wife...for obvious reasons.....Im about to go crazy....going through my day...like everything is ok....but inside....Im screaming!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: any thoughts on Home Access test information? new
      #111200 - 09/02/04 05:28 PM

I read some of your previous post, I believe. Since we are all anonymous here, there is always that possiblity. A six week test will be a good indicator of what a twelve week test. You know that from all the other posts. You know that an ELISA 1st Gen will not pick up antibodies 4-7 days before a 3rd or 4th Gen would. I believe that you answered your question. I know you are looking for someone to tap you and say "Yes you do not have HIV." But no one is prepaired to do that, with the notable exception of the Mass. Department of Health. So, unfortunately you can not be given the comfort that you need at this time. However, realize that a vast majority of people will seroconvert well within 6 weeks and that a 1st Gen should pick up antibodies by then. Also keep in mind that any symptoms you have past the six weeks are probably unlikely to be related to ARS and in all likelihood are stress related. Remember that ARS occurs generally in the 2-4 week range. If you are at 6 weeks, it probably is not ARS. Also keep in mind that ELISAs used to be considered conclusive within a 95% confidence level after 30 days. That was some years ago before the CDC changed the guidelines to ensure that they encompassed the aggregate of the population.

Good luck and stop looking up HIV symptoms on the internet. You will make yourself crazy.

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Re: any thoughts on Home Access test information? new
      #111202 - 09/02/04 06:02 PM

HELLLL...YEAAA......THANK YOU GOD..!.....The lab called me and said the results were in on my 6 week test a day or so early....I went and got them.......1 week negative....4 week negative....and thank you Lord.....now 6 week negative........
I am going to test again at 12 weeks....but now I know I can make it....I had all STD's test .....and everything....came back negative...!!.........Thank you God......!!!!

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      #111204 - 09/02/04 06:49 PM

AMFAR AIDS HANDBOOK (Chapter 4, Page 53 )

There are four stages to HIV disease

1) Acute Infection Stage (500-1200 CD4s)- begins immediately after hiv enters the body and starts multiplying in infected cells. Acute infection ends about 2-6 weeks later. Acute infection produces no noticeable symptoms in about half of the people affected. The others usually experience flu-like symptoms such as low-grade fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, diarrhea, and muscle aches. These symptoms can last 2 weeks to 2 months, but only 20-30% of patients who experience them find it necessary to see a physician. Individuals with severe symptoms during acute infection are more likely are more likely to experience rapid disease progression.

2) Asymptomatic Stage - CD4 Lymphocyte count above 500 - This is the longest stage of HIV disease, lasting an average of 10 years, although in a few people it can be as short as 1 year or as long as 15 years. During this stage, most hiv infected individuals develop few symptoms of HIV disease. It is almost as if the virus has gone underground. This is not however a state of latent infection: in more than 95% of infected people, the virus is rapidly multiplying.

3) Early HIV disease: CD4 200-500 asymptomatic hiv disease gradually changes to early hiv disease during the slow drop in cd4s. the change often becomes apparent with the development of one or more characteristic opportunistic infections (such as candidiasis, herpes simplex disease, shingles, oral hairy leukoplakia. bacterial infections that cause bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia also often increase.

4) Advanced HIV disease (AIDS) CD4 below 200 - Early hiv disease progresses to advance with th e further decline of cd4 cell counts and gradual appearance of serious opportunistic infections and cancers

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Re: any thoughts on Home Access test information? new
      #111299 - 09/05/04 10:58 AM

Bet you are neg. Why do y'all do the home access when you can find a county health department that gives the Oraquick. You then get your results in 20 min. Why do people put themselves through this tourture? If you county does not use it check another you don't have to live in the county to get it done

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Re: any thoughts on Home Access test information? new
      #111617 - 09/16/04 01:51 PM

Congratulations!! Just remember to use protection each and every time you have sex unless you know the other person's status FOR SURE.

Take Care...God Bless

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no matter how small,
is ever wasted." AESOP


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